Overview participating exhibitions

Terra Cognita
2012

Terra Cognita

Vandy Rattana

Bomb Ponds

With regularity the serene landscape of Cambodia betrays its bloody history. One example of that are what are called ‘bomb ponds’, water features that have formed in the craters that were created by the illegal American bombardment during the Vietnam War. Rattana Vandy’s experience of the landscape has been coloured by it. The sound of the violence, and with it of Cambodia history, has died away, but in that silence Vandy hears it yet. That makes it difficult to enjoy the real sounds of nature.

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Another Asia I
2006

Another Asia I

Vandy Rattana

SELF-PORTRAITS (2005-2006)

Vandy Rattana makes - as he himself puts it - non-traditional SELF-PORTRAITS (2005-2006). Although he does not appear in any of the photographs himself, he does provide a true-to-life image of his immediate environment. For instance, we see his mother and brother at his home, his girlfriend and neighbors in their homes, his colleagues in the office. The result is an authentic visual archive that provides a counterbalance to the clichéd image of Cambodia as the land of monks, temples and beggars. Moreover, much of the national archives were lost in the war. Visual material about previous generations is hardly available. That makes the recording of history something of the greatest importance, Vandy Rattana suggests. Certainly because Cambodia, despite all the rapid changes, still shows little interest in documenting its own society.

  • SELF-PORTRAITS (2005-2006)

    Vandy Rattana makes - as he himself puts it - non-traditional SELF-PORTRAITS (2005-2006). Although he does not appear in any of the photographs himself, he does provide a true-to-life image of his immediate environment. For instance, we see his mother and brother at his home, his girlfriend and neighbors in their homes, his colleagues in the office. The result is an authentic visual archive that provides a counterbalance to the clichéd image of Cambodia as the land of monks, temples and beggars. Moreover, much of the national archives were lost in the war. Visual material about previous generations is hardly available. That makes the recording of history something of the greatest importance, Vandy Rattana suggests. Certainly because Cambodia, despite all the rapid changes, still shows little interest in documenting its own society.

  • SELF-PORTRAITS (2005-2006)

  • SELF-PORTRAITS (2005-2006)

  • SELF-PORTRAITS (2005-2006)

  • SELF-PORTRAITS (2005-2006)

Biography

In his work Rattana Vandy (Cambodia, 1980) tries to expose the hidden realities of his country. His work was nominated for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize, and included in the Prix Pictet publication Earth. Rattana is a co-founder of the artists’ collective Stiev Selepak (Art Rebels), and opened the SaSa Gallery, the first artist-managed gallery in Phnom Penh. 

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Another Asia

Another Asia

Price EUR 10,00

Terra Cognita

Terra Cognita

Price EUR 15,00